Trauma and Truth Interventions (NET) Versus Conflict Resolution and Social Skills Trainings for Vulnerable Youths in Northern Uganda

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
University of Konstanz
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00893750
First received: May 4, 2009
Last updated: June 30, 2010
Last verified: June 2010
  Purpose

More than 300,000 children are fighting in armed conflicts all over the world. In Uganda an estimated number of 25,000 children have been abducted and forced to fight or work as porters and sex slaves on the side of the rebels during the conflict between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government. Each year, thousands of former child soldiers have returned to their communities after they had fled or were freed from the rebels. It is well known that a high percentage of these youths are suffering from mental health problems. This could be one of the possible reasons why they are facing difficulties to reintegrate into their communities.

The main aim of the proposed project is two-fold. On the one hand, the investigators want to systematically explore the relationship between mental health and important variables for reintegration into the communities like aggression, hostility, feelings of revenge, compromises and conflict behaviour and readiness for reconciliation in formerly abducted and other vulnerable youth (orphans, child mothers and handicapped youths) in Northern Uganda. On the other hand, the investigators want to probe the efficacy of existing and newly developed interventions for formerly abducted and other vulnerable youths that are supposed to foster their mental well-being as well as their reintegration into the society and therewith are part of the long-term prevention of new conflicts in Northern Uganda.


Condition Intervention
PTSD
Depression
Aggression
Behavioral: NET Truth Education
Behavioral: Conflict Resolution and Social Competence Skills
Behavioral: Traditional Ways of Coping

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Trauma-Therapy and Truth Education, Conflict Resolution and Social Skills Trainings and Traditional Ways of Coping in Northern Uganda

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Further study details as provided by University of Konstanz:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • PTSD Symptoms and Functional Level [ Time Frame: 6-months and 12-months follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Aggression Reconciliation Re-Integration Conflict and Compromise Behaviour [ Time Frame: 6-months and 12-months follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 600
Study Start Date: May 2009
Primary Completion Date: June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: NET Truth Education Behavioral: NET Truth Education
Individual Narrative Exposure and Truth Education in Groups
Experimental: Conflict Resolution Trainings Behavioral: Conflict Resolution and Social Competence Skills
Conflict Resolution and Social Competence Skills in Groups
Experimental: Traditional Methods Behavioral: Traditional Ways of Coping
Methods Collected by Local Teachers to Help Vulnerable Children and Youths in Northern Uganda

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 30 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • for individual NET Treatment: PTSD diagnosis
  • for group interventions: all youths in the selected vocational training centres will be included
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00893750

Locations
Uganda
Vivo
Gulu & Kitgum, Uganda
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Konstanz
  More Information

Additional Information:
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No publications provided

Responsible Party: Prof. Dr. Thomas Elbert, University of Konstanz
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00893750     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NE1390/2.1_UKon
Study First Received: May 4, 2009
Last Updated: June 30, 2010
Health Authority: Germany: Ethics Commission

Keywords provided by University of Konstanz:
Vulnerable Youths in Northern Uganda
Formerly Abducted Children
Reintegration and Reconciliation
Trauma Treatment
Narrative Exposure Therapy
Reconciliation
Revenge Feelings

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Aggression
Depression
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 15, 2014